South Bay Expressway in San Diego scheduled to open Nov. 19

| 10/31/2007

The South Bay Expressway in the San Diego area is scheduled to open Nov. 19.

A subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Group from Australia will operate the $635 million toll road built with private and public funds. The Macquarie subsidiary will collect the tolls for 35 years before turning the toll road over to the state.

Macquarie is the company that partnered with the Spanish company Cintra to lease the Indiana Toll Road. The Australian corporation also has leases with partial or controlling interest in the Chicago Skyway and the Dulles Greenway.

Anyone who obtains a FasTrak account and transponder for automatic toll collection will not begin paying to use the roadway until Jan. 13, 2008. Otherwise, cash toll collection begins Nov. 19.

The South Bay Expressway is a 10-mile toll road extending from state Route 54 in Spring Valley, CA, to Otay Mesa Road near the border of California and Mexico.

The base toll rate for passenger vehicles traveling the entire 10-mile length is $3.50 for FasTrak users and $3.75 for cash.

Commercial vehicles with three or four axles pay double the base rate, while five-axle vehicles pay triple the toll rate – either $10.50 with FasTrak or $11.25 cash.

– By David Tanner, staff writer